Intro: TIPS FOR AIR TRAVEL
Every time you try to look up airline tickets, you either buy them or you delay your trip for the next time. I know most of you will not believe, but there are airline tickets that cost less than $200 for one way trip, if travelling from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.. The tickets are not easy to find, I mean there are hundreds of websites out there which boast that they have the cheapest fare possible, but let me tell you something DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. If you want to travel for less, well you have to do some homework. Before knowing these tips I would just click on the very first option and be on my way! But ever since I have learned these tricks, I have managed to save some good money. Without further ado, here are the tips:
· Best websites to find cheapest ticket and compare prices:
· Before you start looking up on these websites, I would prefer that you either delete your browsing history or use incognito mode. Because some times the server shows the same price you saw last time, and charges you the same. Whereas we all know that fares fluctuate everyday, so always clear your browsing history before searching for the same trip.
· Always try to book your tickets in advance, 1-4 months prior to your trip is the prime time for booking your tickets. Also there are certain times during the year when the airfares are skyrocketing. For example airfares during summer are usually above average airfare as compared to rest of the year. Try to fly on weekdays, instead of weekends, because demand on weekends is relatively high. And as demand rises, so does the prices.
· Be flexible about the airport locations, try to find near by smaller airports. Because flights from international airports to international airports are cheaper than local domestic airports. This is because Bigger flights usually do not fly to smaller airports, and therefore another flight is added to your itinerary. This addition usually ranges between $100-150. Instead I would get off at an international airport, rent a car and drive. Plus if you drive you can experience the local culture.
· Be flexible around the times you want to fly, open up your window. Usually most of us try to look for flights in the timeframe of 9 a.m. to at the most 8 p.m., but early morning and over night flights (Red eye flights) are usually cheaper. On top of that airports are less chaotic, and more peace in the flight.
· Waiting till the last minute to buy your tickets is a bad idea. Most of the people are in a misconception that air fares drop when the departure date is close, but its actually not true. There is no guarantee that the airline will drop the price a day or two before the scheduled flight. So always remember try to book tickets in prime time, that is 1-4 months before departure date.
· Now some of us always park their car at the airports, but parking at airports is a mess. I mean the parking spots are so hard to find and they are usually pretty expensive. Look for parking spaces near the airport, there are tons of parking complexes’ near every airport, where you can park and fly. These parking complexes have good packages which offer good shaded parking spots, and good price. Another plus point is that some of them even have their own shuttles, which can drop you form parking complexes to the airport and would even pick you up when you come back. So do your research if you want to park-n-fly.
· Now lets get into the flight. I know we all want to travel in business class, but unfortunately it costs a fortune, and that’s where we can save some money. But if you are nice to the flight attendants, they might even offer you complimentary upgrade (luck factor). Plus if you just wanna get from point A to point B; There is no problem in traveling in economy class, its still the same flight, so just go with it.
· Always add travelers insurance, it usually costs about $30- $40 in domestic flights. The reason why its helpful suppose life happens and you cannot make it to your flight. Now since you have insurance, you do not loose your ticket (most importantly money). You can easily get a refund and book the next flight available.
· Baggage- this one is my favorite. Most of the flights allow a small travelers bag and one carry-on item, which is smaller than bag. They do not weigh the carry-ons, so feel free to add a little more in your carry on. Pack strategically. Also some airlines offer to store your carry on bags with the main cargo, and sometimes its free. So make sure you ask them before handing over your luggage.
· Last but not least, snacks. Those who travel frequently know that in flight snacks are way expensive than what they cost down on earth. So once you pass the security, there are food courts near gates, and just get a sandwich and some snacks, so that you would not have to buy anything in flight. I know airports allow to take a water bottle with nothing in it (for security purposes). So just fill up your bottle before boarding your flight.
· The most important one. You are in the flight but you cannot sleep. Bring a portable device with you and get some work done in flight.
So there you go, I have revealed all possible money saving tips, which I use whenever I travel. Good luck and have a safe journey.